Sunday, February 1, 2009

Walking with GOD

Footprints in the Sand
One night I dreamed I was walking along the beach with the Lord. Many scenes from my life flashed across the sky.
In each scene I noticed footprints in the sand. Sometimes there were two sets of footprints, other times there was one only.
This bothered me because I noticed that during the low periods of my life, when I was suffering from anguish, sorrow or defeat, I could see only one set of footprints, so I said to the Lord,
“You promised me Lord,that if I followed you, you would walk with me always. But I have noticed that during the most trying periods of my life there has only been one set of footprints in the sand. Why, when I needed you most, have you not been there for me?”
The Lord replied, “The years when you have seen only one set of footprints, my child, is when I carried you.”
Mary Stevenson, 1936

I thought I would start this off with my most favorite poem. There are actually 3 different versions of this poem with 3 different authors claiming to be the 'original author'. This version was the earliest so I went with it.

There are many days and times that my challenges get so "heavy" that I constantly question if my GOD is really with me. I wonder if I really will make it past this challenge and what it is that I am supposed to be learning. This poem brings me peace. You'll find it in many different places around my home.

We didn't get the opportunity to go to church today because of illnesses, so I don't have any quotes from there to share with you. But I did sit down and do some scripture study on GOD'S LOVE. Here are three scriptures that I found most comforting today. I hope you find peace in them as well.

D&C 76:62 These shall dwell in the presence of GOD and his CHRIST forever and ever.

Genesis 21:22 ... GOD is with thee in all that thou doest.

Exodus 33:14 And he said, My presence shall go with thee, and I will give the rest.

Aren't those scriptures awesome? Just to be reminded that GOD is with us in all we do - rather all good that we do. That HE is sitting next to us in the car on those stormy days... that HE is 'carrying us' thru our trials in which our legs would give out. I just wish I could feel HIM - more physically than I do most days. But I just have to remember that HE is there... and that I have to lean on HIM though I am not able to see HIM right now.

May HIS peace and love surround you this week...

Please tell me - How do you remember HIM?


  1. Nice post Jaime. It helps our faith to grow by not having Him physically with us. Then we have to focus our heart and mind to "feel" his presence. I liked your verses. My favorite one is D&C 6:20. Check out the last part of it. I love that He will encircle me about in the arms of His love. That is encouraging to me to keep on trying to do my best. I hope you are encouraged by it too:)
    Check out A Soft Place to Land (Thursday, Jan 29)as she talks about starting her day with Him. (sorry, I can't remember how to link you to her post)

  2. Great post Jamie. I, too, love that poem. It is very comforting. We had a great lesson today on hope and how we are all on the same path but at different places and to accept people no matter where they are on the path. It is very good to remember when we go to church and everyone seems perfect.

    Have a great night!


  3. Thanks for the reminder Jamie!! Sometimes it is easy to forget that we are not all alone! Lucky us!